Hitachi America Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Good work/ bad pay

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Image Processing Researcher in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Image Processing Researcher in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at Hitachi America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to learn a lot knowledge wise. Will be able to work on real cars and see how your code affects people in real life scenarios

    Cons

    Very less pay and perks, more of the pay goes in taxes and the money left over is much much smaller than what you think you will get


  2. Good place to work and grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Tarrytown, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Tarrytown, NY

    I have been working at Hitachi America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Positive work environment. Resources to support growth and professional development. Parent company, Hitachi, Ltd., is emphasizing shift from being a "Japanese company" to a global company which provides regional groups with autonomy to tailor strategy to local markets.

    Cons

    Trust and communication issues can be a concern with many managers from Japan on short rotation, but things are getting better. Lofty goals of innovation and synergy across departments, group companies, and industry sectors lack specifics or meaningful new projects for most.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve communication and transparency. Improve project management capabilities and mechanisms for learning from mistakes and success stories. Find ways to increase communication and knowledge transfer while reducing overhead for repetitive, redundant reports. Strengthen partnership with local companies.


  3. SUCKS!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembler in Pensacola, FL
    Current Employee - Assembler in Pensacola, FL

    I have been working at Hitachi America full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are decent...but thats pretty much it.

    Cons

    Worst job EVER. Alot of favortism, and they do not care about the employees. Low pay for the type of work and ALOT of overtime. unless you're willing to sign your life over to a company DO NOT WORK HERE!

    Advice to Management

    Nothing at all.


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  5. Great place to work and to develop a career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hitachi America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hitachi America Ltd. is an excellent place to work. My supervisor, a Senior Procurement Manager, is a very capable engineer whom I hold in highest esteem. In general, my co-workers were competent and had a sense of belonging to the divisions or groups they work for. In my tenure as a procurement professional, it was a great experience working with Japanese expatriates and people from all over the world.

    Cons

    The work load was often compelling but the sense of teamwork and the support from upper management and your colleagues made it up.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company, but very challenging cross-cultural business environment.....

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Specialist
    Former Employee - Product Specialist

    I worked at Hitachi America full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic company with cutting edge products in countless business segments all over the world! Good pay with great benefits. You will learn a lot about doing business internationally, and meet many smart, kind, and warmhearted people in the process.

    Cons

    The Japanese business culture is diametrically opposed to what most Americans are accustomed to and it can be a very difficult and stressful environment for those unfamiliar with how the Japanese business world operates. There are plenty of books on this topic along with lots of information on the Internet. I highly recommend researching the cultural differences between your home country and Japan. The hours can be long and work/life balance can be difficult to achieve depending on the team you're working with.

    Advice to Management

    Hitachi's upper management needs to become more familiar with doing business outside Japan.


  7. Senior Control Technician

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    Former Employee - Senior Controls Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Controls Technician in Houston, TX

    I worked at Hitachi America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation, and work days. 7 days of work in a two week period.

    Cons

    Rotate shift every month. Technical staff has two organizations controlling them.

    Advice to Management

    Define a clear chain of command with only one organization to manage staff.


  8. Very Rewarding

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi America

    Pros

    Smart people, very well organized

    Cons

    Some issues with Japanese culture


  9. Helpful (1)

    DE MGR

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    Former Employee - Manager in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Manager in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Hitachi America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a job, with great lower level people and great insurance. The retirement plan for the United States was a joke since the pay never changed.

    Cons

    Mgt was out of touch and if you were not from Japan, you had no say in anything. HR turned there head to Japanese actions in the United States. 3-5 year mgt assignments, meant you would have new leadership in a few years, usually worse than previous mgt. No long term goals. Working for today to make today's numbers look good since the mgt assignments were so short term. Probably the reason the facility shut down.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Moderate opportunities for growth but quality products to represent so its a tradeoff.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chula Vista, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi America

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you perform they leave you alone, hence most successful people stay many years. Great medical/dental/vision plan. Pay package is average.

    Cons

    Management does not understand the business or customers enough. Not given the leeway to make the primary decisions in running the business.

    Advice to Management

    Review the old school methods of running a business and join the 21st century using the latest technologies combined with more input from US staff.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Americans are second class at Hitachi.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Tarrytown, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Tarrytown, NY

    I worked at Hitachi America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are none. The company has no strategy or vision. Senior management are incompetent. The company has been in decline for many years as there is no strategy or vision for the company. Products are designed for Japan markets and shoved down the throats of international markets.

    Cons

    The company is going downhill, led by its parent.The company is a huge conglomerate in thousands of businesses with no critical mass in any one business. The products are all designed in Japan for the Japan market and scant attention is paid to designing products outside of Japan. Senior management is sent overseas from Japan and they spend most of their time playing golf, drinking or socializing.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to Japan and let Americans run the business. There is little or no diversity in the work force. All decisions are made by ex-patriots and non-Japanese people are given little or no power or decision making responsibility. You do not understand AMerican or European markets but you are gicen total repsonsibility for the operation when you have no knowledge whatsoever.



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